I lived alone through 10 long Minnesota winters. They were my boot camp for 2020 quarantine. I am not alone in my aloneness this holiday season – 28% of Americans live alone.
Through 2020, we’ve seen countless articles about loneliness. Loneliness has impacted nearly everyone in some way – singles, couples, families – from children through the elderly. The silver lining of COVID is that it’s OK to talk about it. People need people.
Proposed Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said in an interview, “Loneliness was the most common condition I encountered as a doctor.” He was referring to pre-Covid times.
“Dear Abby” and Dr. Murthy offer the same valuable advice for those feeling lonely. Help someone else. You ask, “What can I do stuck alone inside this wintry week?”
Think of the loneliest person you know and reach out to them. Ask how they are – really listen – make the conversation about treasuring them and how much they mean to you.
Savor those moments of connecting. Whether or not you feel loved and connected this holiday week, the Tin Man always had a heart – and so do you.
Wishing you a more connected 2021.